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English translation: trackers (leading) to the Rückpositiv

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10:35 Feb 28, 2012
German to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Music / Organs
German term or phrase: "Trakturen zum Rückpositiv"
Text describing a church organ
"die Trakturen zum Rückpositiv sind im Boden versenkt"

As far as I can see the "Trakturen" are "tracker actions" and the word "Rückpositiv" it appears is also used in English, but I cannot fathom out what the "Trakturen ZUM Rückpositiv" could mean.
Any orgen specialists out there?
Lesley Robertson M.A. Hons. Dip Trans IoLET
Austria
Local time: 21:38
English translation:trackers (leading) to the Rückpositiv
Explanation:
It's simple enough if you know how it works, but I'm not sure how to formulate it in English. Anyway:

We're talking about trackers here, not tracker action (which is the generic term for organs working with trackers).

Your sentence is saying that the trackers leading to the Rückpositiv are hidden in the floor.



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Note added at 12 Min. (2012-02-28 10:47:31 GMT)
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Edit: "(which is the generic term for organs working with trackers)" is nonsense of course. Tracker action is the term for the tracker system as a whole, which consists of lots of trackers (one for each key/stop).

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Note added at 25 Min. (2012-02-28 11:00:34 GMT)
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Maybe it helps to understand that the German word "Traktur" is a polyseme which covers the individual connection between key/stop and windchest as well as the whole system they form, while in English there are different terms for both (tracker and tracker action, resp.).

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Erik Freitag
Germany
Local time: 21:38
Grading comment
Thank you!
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4 +4trackers (leading) to the Rückpositiv
Erik Freitag


  

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trackers (leading) to the Rückpositiv


Explanation:
It's simple enough if you know how it works, but I'm not sure how to formulate it in English. Anyway:

We're talking about trackers here, not tracker action (which is the generic term for organs working with trackers).

Your sentence is saying that the trackers leading to the Rückpositiv are hidden in the floor.



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Note added at 12 Min. (2012-02-28 10:47:31 GMT)
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Edit: "(which is the generic term for organs working with trackers)" is nonsense of course. Tracker action is the term for the tracker system as a whole, which consists of lots of trackers (one for each key/stop).

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Note added at 25 Min. (2012-02-28 11:00:34 GMT)
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Maybe it helps to understand that the German word "Traktur" is a polyseme which covers the individual connection between key/stop and windchest as well as the whole system they form, while in English there are different terms for both (tracker and tracker action, resp.).



Erik Freitag
Germany
Local time: 21:38
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in category: 68
Grading comment
Thank you!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Coqueiro
1 hr
  -> Thanks!

agree  Joel Schaefer: of course, and include leading
4 hrs
  -> Thanks!

agree  Horst Huber
6 hrs

agree  Ben Lewis: This phrase will be very clear and familiar to English-speaking organists.
2 days9 hrs
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